Michael's Nook finally got off the mark in a division of an apprentices' race at Leicester last time and is a winner without a penalty. However, he's yet to put two good races together and the same comment applies to Prince Of Passion, who won the first division of the same handicap at Leicester. KNOW NO FEAR looks a safer option as he's gone close the last twice, including over C&D last month, and should be winning sooner rather than later. Northern Flyer is creeping back up the weights without winning, but Gazboolou went close at Kempton on Wednesday and could figure.
Northern Flyer (GER) 9-1 (8-0) In touch, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Stevie Gee (8-5) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Sep.
Know No Fear 8-1 (8-6) Made most, hung badly right towards far side over 2f out, narrowly headed 2f out, stayed challenging under pressure, no impression on winner, still pressing for 2nd when rider eased up last strides, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Prince Of Passion (9-3) at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Milton of Campsie 20-1 (9-5) Held up, effort over 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, 14th of 16, 14l behind Glass Mountain (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Stilettoesinthemud (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Towards rear, some late moderate progress, never on terms, 8th of 12, 8l behind Meandmyshadow (8-13) at Leicester 6f fll hcp (5) gf.
Karate (IRE) 13-2 (8-8) Bumped start, held up, switched right well over 1f out, shuffled along and some late headway, never on terms, 7th of 11, 8l behind Pytheas (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 16-1 (9-3) Held up and behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Forks (9-1) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Gazboolou 10-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 2f out, narrowly headed approaching final furlong, rallied to lead again close home, caught last stride, 2nd of 12, shd behind Vhujon (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-58 (6) pol.
Burnwynd Boy 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Prime Circle (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Whats For Pudding (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 8, 15l behind Smart Step (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Johannesgray (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Always in rear, 12th of 13, 8l behind Royal Box (10-5) at Chester 6f am hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Michael's Nook 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, led 5f out, always going well after, ridden clear over 1f out, eased closing stages, won at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Chicamia (8-2) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Sonny G (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Prominent, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 48l behind Lutine Charlie (9-11) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) gf in Jul.